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A Sit Down With DJ Paul Ritch

16:05 Mar/10/2018

Having already forged a solid reputation by releasing tracks and remixes as Pacemaker and June on Get Physical records, as well as on labels such as Drumcode, Sci + Tech, Cocoon Recordings and Soma, plus his own Quartz Records, he's DJed at some of the most influential clubs and events globally including Amnesia, Space, Pacha in Ibiza, Berghain and Watergate in Berlin, Rex Club (Paris), Melkweg (Amsterdam) and Womb.


"Break the rules and listen to yourself in what you want to undertake."


What was the break through point in your career?

It was 6 month after Samba came out and I had made 2 or 3 more release on Resopal. 2007 for me was big year of release and almost everybody from house to Techno was playing the records. That`s was definitely the break through point of my career.

How do you work on your new sound? what is your starting point?

First and what was important to me in the process of this album in particular was to be in a place that will provoke a certain emotion, therefore I decided to go live in the family’s house that is located in the east of France. It is an old farm surrounded by a forest. I took some of my equipments and went and stayed there for 2 months and luckily it was snowing which made my stay even more inspiring. While composing this album, I really played on the texture first to give it the atmosphere then I started putting the leads and finally creating the beat around it.

During performances and DJ sets, your energy is definitely mesmerizing. Elaborate on what some of your favourite aspects of performing live are, when being compared to a typical recording process?

There is a clear difference between the creative process of working in the studio and my live performances. Playing live allows me to interact with the crowd and my favourite aspect of performing live is when I have to think on the fly and modify my set to suit the energy of the crowd. Seeing people’s reactions to the countless hours that go into producing tracks is really what drives you to go back to studio to start the whole creative process over again. Performing live gives me that satisfaction of knowing that my work is well received.

Tell us about your new alias Kaczmarek. Where does the name come from and how will this be different to your output at Paul Ritch?

Kaczmarek is the Polish last name of my mother. With Kaczmarek I will mainly produce albums, the first one being on KCZMRK as I mentioned before. I decided to take another name to be more free about my production and to make all the music that you wouldn't expect from Paul Ritch's usual releases.

You launched a new label "KCZMRK" and created a new alias "Kaczmarek". How was it done and what were your inspirations? It comes from a need to create something new, to try a new field or a musical evolution where you will recognize yourself better?

I do not think this is a musical evolution because I always produce a techno more "dance floor" under the name of Paul Ritch with which I have a lot of maxis that will come out in 2018, but rather another facet of my personality. I listen a lot of electronica, more experimental music and I always wanted to produce an album in these sounds. That's why I created this alias Kaczmarek and the KCZMRK label to leave the field open for sound creation and experimentation.

How undegrond was Techno in France when you first started DJing? Where did you go partying?

When I first start DGing there was no meaning of what was undeground. I think this word aperead more when EDM showed up and people who were making house and Techno didn`t want to be associated with the same kind of music. I was living in Paris so when I was 18 years old the best Techno club to provide Techno was the Rex club, except that it was a huge scene for raves for the hardcore, hard Techno and Trance. I was going anywhere there was great house and Techno. So I was going to gay parties which were more decadent and the best parties in town, but also sometimes I was going to wild raves. I rememer going out to see Claude Young scratching with his eibow and Richie Hawtin throwing his vnyl on the floor right behind him after playing it. That was also the time when Laurent Garnier was doing his all nights sets at Rex.

Between the live and the DJset, where do you thrive the most?

There is a real difference between djjing and live. Playing live allows me to change the course of a song, mixing part of a piece with another ... You have a lot of subjects to work with but at the same time DJset the pleasure of playing a track that is not not yours is just as exciting. Mixing it with two or three pieces can give a crazy energy. I really blossom in both and I think it complements me as a techno artist.

How would you describe the sound you`re making these days?

I still continue in the same line it`s always groovy, the only thing that changed it`s that it`s probably a bit more dark and mantal than before.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

My key influence has always been the dance floor. When I’m producing, I always imagine myself in the middle, dancing, and what my reaction listening to it would be. With my new project Kaczmarek, the approach is different – it really gets more mental and more cinematic. With this album the point was to make the listener take a journey from the beginning to the end.

Who is the non-electronic artist that inspires you the most?

I love Dr. Dre! I am a big fan of what he does and do in general.


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